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Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
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REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2023 PROGRAM. Check back Feb. 2024 for registration and new events!
Please note refunds are not given, only opportunities to reschedule!
Make sure you want a rain barrel before ordering and have the correct quantity.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

As part of a regional initiative, NVSWCD offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and low-cost rain barrel sales. At the workshops, you will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one home.

Registration is required for all programs. Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $80 per barrel for pre-made distribution events. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.  The rain barrels hold approximately 50 gallons.  They are roughly 23 inches wide.  They range from 41.25 inches to 43.75 inches tall.

Refunds will not be issued for cancelled registrations or no shows. If you are not able to make a workshop for which you are registered, please notify the rain barrel program immediately. We will do our best to reschedule you for a subsequent program. Only one opportunity to reschedule will be given.

A completed rain barrel built at a workshopRain barrels can be placed under your downspouts to capture runoff from the roof. By installing a rain barrel at your home you will:

  • Provide your plants with water they will love! Unlike treated water, which is "softened" with dissolved minerals, rain water is naturally soft. The water stored in your rain barrel is better than municipal water for washing your car and watering indoor or outdoor plants.
  • Save money and water! Instead of water from the tap or faucet, you can use the water you've saved to keep your home landscape happy and growing. You'll also reduce your municipal water bill!
  • Protect the Chesapeake Bay! Water stored in your rain barrel won't rush off into our streams. Instead, as you use the stored rain water around the home and garden, it will absorb slowly into the ground replenishing groundwater supplies. By decreasing the volume of storm runoff, rain barrels also help moderate stream erosion and the resulting pollution that is impairing the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Still have questions? Please see the website below or email [email protected] 
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